American Legion Day
Reported By SSG K.Skitz
The American Legion was established shortly after World War One. The intention of the Legion was to serve military veterans, service members and their communities. Membership for the American Legion quickly rose postwar with over one million members and many local posts throughout the country. Today the Legion is over two million strong with more than thirteen-thousand posts worldwide.
As time rolled on, the American Legion has influenced substantial change when it comes to the care of the nation’s servicemen and their families within the United States. Hundreds of benefits have been made available for those in need including psychological help, housing, jobs and many more.
For a bit of history regarding the American Legion, the American Legion was chartered on September 16, 1919 with the first official convention convening in Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after. During the 1920’s the formation of the US Veterans Bureau was created which would later lead to the well know Veterans Administration or as many know as, VA.
Today the American Legion can be easily accessed for those who are veterans or family of a veteran or active service member in one of its many posts throughout the country and the world. Many veterans turn to the Legion for aid. Whether it be emotional, financial or just social interaction to something they are now familiar with.